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Goal pursuit and energy conservation: energy investment increases with task demand but does not equal it

Richter, M (2015) Goal pursuit and energy conservation: energy investment increases with task demand but does not equal it. MOTIVATION AND EMOTION, 39 (1). pp. 25-33. ISSN 0146-7239

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Abstract

According to motivational intensity theory, energy investment in goal pursuit is determined by the motivation to avoid wasting energy. Two experiments tested this hypothesis by manipulating the difficulty of an isometric hand grip task across four levels in a betweenpersons (Study 1) and a within-persons (Study 2) design. Supporting motivational intensity theory’s prediction, the results showed that invested energy—indicated by exerted grip force—was a function of task difficulty: The higher the difficulty, the higher the energy investment. However, the data also indicated that participants invested considerably more energy than required, questioning the primacy of energy conservation.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11031-014-9429-y
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1701 Psychology, 1702 Cognitive Science
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: SPRINGER/PLENUM PUBLISHERS
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Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2015 08:20
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2015 08:20
DOI or Identification number: 10.1007/s11031-014-9429-y
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1841

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